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Beyond the Doctrine of ManDecolonial Visions of the Human$
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Joseph Drexler-Dreis and Kristien Justaert

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286898

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286898.001.0001

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Mystical Bodies of Christ: Human, Crucified, and Beloved

Mystical Bodies of Christ: Human, Crucified, and Beloved

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(p.134) Chapter 6 Mystical Bodies of Christ: Human, Crucified, and Beloved
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Beyond the Doctrine of Man
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Andrew Prevot

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286898.003.0007

As one way to contribute to the decolonization of Christian theology, Prevot seeks to reexamine and reformulate the doctrine of the mystical body of Christ. He argues that, in addition to referring to the church and the sacrament of the Eucharist, the idea of a “mystical body of Christ” may be understood in a more decolonially significant way to refer to each human body insofar as it is united with Christ’s humanity and especially to each crucified body, including the bodies of black, indigenous, and female victims of colonial modernity. By virtue of its humanity and its suffering, each of these bodies is a mystical body of Christ. Moreover, Prevot contends that the idea of a spousal union of bodies in freedom and love (the two becoming one flesh), which has similarly been employed to symbolize the church, may also be interpreted in a more decolonially significant way as an indictment of the sexual coercion and objectification endemic to colonial modernity and as an affirmation of the divine loveliness of darkly colored, variously shaped, and otherwise marginalized bodies which this violently colonized world deems ugly or undesirable.

Keywords:   black, bodies, church, female, human, indigenous, love, theology, victims

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